Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, believes the country will scale through from a very tricky World Cup group.
Nigeria are in Group D, alongside Argentina, Iceland and Croatia for next summer’s Mundial.
With the competition barely six months away, Ezenwa, expected to be on the flight to Russia, is confident that his team will make the last 16.
“It’s a tricky group for us, but I think we have what it takes to qualify for the Round of 16,” the new Enyimba goalie told CompleteSports on Tuesday.
“The most important thing is for us to start the competition well. The first game against Croatia will be very crucial for us, if we can win that, it will make things easier for us.
“Iceland will be no pushover as they have improved rapidly in the last few years, while Argentina, with Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and the rest will always be a tough opposition.
“But we have to believe in ourselves too and prove to the world what we can do.”
Nigeria will begin their campaign against Croatia on June 16 at the Volgograd Arena.